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Snow storm warning Wednesday night

SNOW blankets the Hood River Valley in this file photo taken at Highway 35 near Odell in November.

Photo by Patrick Mulvihill.
SNOW blankets the Hood River Valley in this file photo taken at Highway 35 near Odell in November.

The National Weather Service station in Portland reported this morning there will be a storm watch in effect for Wednesday evening through Thursday afternoon in the Central Columbia Gorge.

The Gorge floor -- Hood River, and routes along the Columbia including Interstate 84 and Washington Highway 14 -- are expected to pick up two to eight inches of snow. Up on Mount Hood, that amount could range from eight inches to a foot and a half. Sleet and ice may accompany the snowfall, meteorologists say.

After that will likely come “plain rain” Thursday afternoon or evening, washing over the region.

“Driving could be really treacherous in the Gorge,” said Hood River County Emergency Manager Barb Ayers.

Here is the full message from the NWS station:


...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING FOR THE CENTRAL COLUMBIA GORGE...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PORTLAND HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING.

  • TIMING...LIGHT RAIN IS EXPECTED TO CHANGE TO SNOW AS

PRECIPITATION INTENSIFIES WEDNESDAY NIGHT. HEAVY SNOW IS

POSSIBLE LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY MORNING...POSSIBLY

CHANGING TO A PERIOD OF SLEET OR FREEZING RAIN BEFORE CHANGING

TO PLAIN RAIN THURSDAY AFTERNOON OR EVENING.

  • ACCUMULATION/SNOW LEVEL...HEAVIEST ACCUMULATIONS WILL OCCUR

ABOVE 500 FEET IN ELEVATION...WHERE 8 TO 18 INCHES OF SNOW ARE

POSSIBLE. NEAR THE GORGE FLOOR...2 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW ARE

POSSIBLE.

  • ICE ACCUMULATION...THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT ICING

IN THE CENTRAL GORGE WITH THIS SYSTEM...BUT AT THIS POINT IT

APPEARS THE HEAVIEST PRECIPITATION WILL FALL AS SNOW OR SLEET.

  • IMPACTS...INTERSTATE 84 AND WASHINGTON HIGHWAY 14 WILL LIKELY

BECOME SNOW AND/OR ICE COVERED...MAKING TRAVEL TREACHEROUS

THROUGH THE GORGE. AREAS EAST VIENTO STATE PARK ARE LIKELY TO

BE IMPACTED THE HARDEST.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.

CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

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